GRANGE hockey host a four-team tournament at Peffermill this weekend against quality opposition which includes the current Scottish champions and a top team from England.
Grange coach Colin Clarke has recruited five new players for the new season, two of them from Spain.
Players arriving include Athletic Terassa duo Nani Malgosa and Juame Graine with Frank Ryan coming from Monkstown (Ireland), Andrew Campbell from Edinburgh University and John McCloskey from CALA Edinburgh.
Players who have left are former George Watson’s pupil Duncan Riddell, a Scotland Under-21 internationalist, and Irishman Adam Fallis to Scottish Cup holders Grove Menzieshill, while Scotland Under-21 cap, Fraser Sands, is unattached. Clarke’s men face Scottish Division One champions Kelburne plus Glasgow outfit Clydesdale and English Hockey League Men’s Conference North club side Bowden from Greater Manchester with games at 11.30am and 4pm on Saturday and 10am on Sunday.
Clark said: “The focus this year is to be better than we were last season and look to win the league and cup competitions.
“We are going to Paris on the weekend of 6-8 September to play in a six-team tournament to play against EuroHockey League standard teams.”
Meanwhile, Inverleith playcaller Andrew Sinclair admitted today that he was still trying to finalise his squad for the new season, but he promised a stronger side when the Capital club face Edinburgh University in a pre-season joust at Peffermill tomorrow.
The sides met on the new pitch at George Watson’s College in last weekend’s Watsonians Tournament and Chris Bird slotted home with seconds left to clinch a 4-3 win after the University side had let slip a 2-0 lead after 24 minutes.
However, the students had only a few minutes rest after beating Watsonians 5-0 in the opening game of the tournament.
Sinclair, who is now coaching after deciding to take a break following a nasty leg injury, said: “We are still in the process of getting the squad together, but should have a stronger squad on show.”